A diary of both my life and my art work, a reflection of time and growth.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Today's Color Challenge CC99

Today's color challenge on Splitcoast stampers was to use Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy or Taken with Teal , and WW or VV. I chose Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy and VV, I was actually surprised to find that I liked the color combo. I can't wait until next week to see what prize will be revealed for the 100th color challenge! I love using this oval punch and can't wait for my scalloped circle to get here, I'm officially stocking the postman........lol.

Did you notice my fancy new watermark? Cindy Keery from
  • Imagine Dream Create
  • made it for me. Check out her blog for information on purchasing one from her! I love it!! Cindy thank you so much!

    I am putting together a very special Blog Candy Giveaway! I have almost reached 25,000 visitors!! I will post the details and a picture of the giveaway later this week! Thanks to all of you who come and visit me, I love reading your comments and hearing your suggestions!

    Supplies used: Heartfelt Thanks and Weathered Stamps, Night of Navy, Not Quite navy and VV card stock, Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, and certainly Celery ink, Scalloped Oval Punch, Oval Punch, Word Window Punch, Stardust Pen, Ribbon, Brads, Dimensionals.


    Sunday, January 28, 2007

    Chocolate: Luscious, Lumpy. Load of Love......

    …And oh how we all love it . Someone (a friends husband) recently said to me that they didn’t understand why “Us Women” love chocolate so much , and that comment really upset me, it should be obvious why we love it so much , but for “Those People” (men) whom don’t get it , here goes…lol.
    It only makes sense to start off with a great quote from a great character , Forrest gump immortalized by Tom Hanks "Life is like a box of chocolates -- you never know what you're going to get." everyone knows everything Tom Hanks says is right , we love Tom. Life without chocolate is like a beach without water. Chocolate is nature’s way of making up for Mondays. They say man cannot live on chocolate alone; but woman sure can. There are four basic food groups-milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles. Chocolate in the morning is what makes moms get through their day! If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire garment industry would be devastated. Chocolate builds character , strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands-and then eat just one of the pieces. The chocoholics 12-step program: NEVER BE MORE THAN 12 STEPS AWAY FROM CHOCOLATE .I could give up chocolate but I'm not a quitter. Chocolate is cheaper than therapy and you don’t need an appointment. I know all I really need is love, and I have that, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process.... It may not be true, but do I dare take the chance? Chocolate causes certain endocrine glands to secrete hormones that affect your feelings and behavior by making you happy. Therefore, it counteracts depression, in turn reducing the stress of depression. Your stress-free life helps you maintain a youthful disposition, both physically and mentally, so scientifically chocolate makes you younger. Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world's perfect food. Nothing brings people together more than chocolate, there's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE, giving chocolate to others is an intimate form of communication, a sharing of deep, dark secrets. And remember : Betty Crocker said “And Above All…Think Chocolate!” would she lie…didn’t think so. I find myself saying “Put the chocolate in the bag and nobody gets hurt.” and all the cashiers in my town know not to mess with me! Because Chocolate: Here today...Gone today! Chocolate wasn’t even meant to last , have you ever seen a chocolate bar with an expiration date! Nine out of ten people like chocolate…yeah right… the tenth person always lies. Any SANE person loves chocolate. Simply put... everyone has a price, mine is chocolate!

    (some quotes used from the following contributors: Judith Viorst, Linda Grayson, Milton Zelman, Michael Levine, Bob Greene, John Q. Tullius, Terry Moore, Elaine Sherman, Lucy Van Pelt (in Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz)


    Saturday, January 27, 2007

    Check out Cindy's Blog!

    Check out Cindy's blog at Imagine Dream Create she is giving away blog candy I cut and pasted her instructions on how to enter.


    Friday, January 26, 2007

    Today's Limited Supplies Challenge

    Today's limited supplies challenge was black and white with a twist, the twist being one or more other colors of card stock ,all ink and embellishments must be in black and white. I just got this set in the mail yesterday and being that it is a skunk I thought it would be perfect for this challenge. I want to try another for this challenge as well, so I had better get busy stamping!

    Supplies used:Stinkin Cute stamp set, Black, real Red and WW card stock, Black ink, Punches, Ribbon, Popcorn pen


    Tuesday, January 23, 2007

    Tuesday' Color Challenge

    Todays' color challenge was to use Bravo Burgundy, Night of Navy and Brocade Blue. These colors are so pretty together, Roses in Winter has been begging to be inked up, so that's the set I chose, not to mention it is one of my favs. On the side bar I am compiling a list of Stores that ship to Canada, also check out my ebay store I have some items for sale in there. Off topic it was brought to my attention that if you didn't have blogger you couldn't leave a comment, I have remedied this, so if you want to leave a comment please feel free to do so* OK, Ok so that may have been digging*

    Supplies Used:Bravo Burgundy, Night of Navy, WW and Brocade Blue card stock, Bravo Burgundy, Night of Navy and Brocade Blue ink, Warm Words, Linen, Weathered and Roses in Winter, Ribbon, Brads


    January's House Mouse Of The Month

    I am on the pre-order list at HM Stamps to receive stamps of the month, this month was the cutest, reminds me so of winter. The only problem that I had was pulling this card together for some reason I just couldn't work out a layout. So it is just simple layers, I love the image of the mice, but I am not so fond of the layout. Maybe next time it will strike me better. HM Stamps is a great place to order, the prices are great, and Dick also runs a bingo game, you get a bingo card when you purchase the stamps up to a total of five, you can win free stamps and other prizes. He ships to Canada which is great because most places that carry house mouse won't.

    Supplies used: House mouse Stamps, lovely Lilac, Taken with Teal, and WW card stock, black stazon, prisma pencils,blending stumps, gamasol, fibers.


    Monday, January 22, 2007

    Kiss You All Over!

    Here is another Valentine Card,I love the colors in this card, the inside verse reads "I want to kiss you all over, Happy Valentine's Day". Wow I can't believe that it is already January 22nd, where has the month gone? We have been stuck in this winter wonderland for quite a while now, every time I try to leave town to go to Kelwona, and check out the craft stores we get a storm passing through, so pretty much I have taken to online shopping........lol, I will place my order for a cuttlebug sometime this week. I love winter normally, but we have never had this much snow! I guess I shouldn't complain there are so many areas getting hit harder then we are at least we still have power!

    Supplies used: Letterpress and $1 Michael's stamps, Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip and WW card stock, Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip ink, sponge, ribbon


    Saturday, January 20, 2007

    Card For Maali, Please Read!

    I am sorry to post the same kind of card again but there is something I would like to share with you. This card is made for Maali, she is a 2 year old girl who is going through Chemo starting Monday , here is a link to a swap for for Maali, if you are interested in sending here a card please see this link,,
  • A Card For Maali
  • and if you would like updates on her and place where prayers are being left for this precious girl please see this link
  • Prayer request for my 2yo...
  • , this is a tread started by her mom Joni aka Jonjinko on SCS. Joni is very near and dear to my heart she was my little sis in the Divine Secret Sisters Group on SCS. It only takes one card can make little Maali smile.

    Supplies used: Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, and WW card stock, Black ink, Heart punches, Michael's $1 stamp, Marker.


    Friday, January 19, 2007

    Smitten With You!

    Another Valentine card, I love making Valentine's Day cards! I love all the really cool ribbon that comes out around Valentine's Day, it's so hard to choose witch ones to buy, I know I know I should just buy them all......lol! We love ordering a heart shaped pizza from Boston Pizza for Valentine's Day, they only have it available for one night a year so if you have the chance try one, the kids really enjoy it too. Not to mention that Jericho comes back on Valentine's Day, we are so excited that show is so addicting, never even thought for a moment that I would be interested in a show like that, but I surprise myself sometimes.

    Supplies used: Smitten stamp set, Real Red, WW, and Vellum card stock, Real red and Stazon White ink, Heart punch, and Ribbon.

    Yup, that's right. I have seen this up on a few blogs recently and now it is my turn. I was just tagged by Tracy.

    A - Available or Single:Married
    B - Best Friend: My hubby...Jason
    C - Cake or Pie: Cake
    D - Drink of Choice: Diet pepsi or anything vanilla
    E - Essential item you use everyday: My computer
    F - Favorite Color: pinks and browns
    G - Gummy Bears or Worms: Bears
    H - Hometown: Langley, BC Canada
    I - Indulgence: Skor bars
    J - January or February: February
    K - Kids & Names: Stephanie 11, Megan 10
    L - Life is incomplete without?:my family
    M - Marriage Date: June 11th 2005, but we have been together since October 2000
    N - Number of Siblings:one sister
    O - Oranges or Apples: oranges
    P - Phobias or Fears: snakes
    Q - Fave Quote: Put your big girl panties on and deal with it!
    R - Reason to Smile: my hubby, my kids, my life
    S - Season: winter
    T - Tag 3 or 4 People: Gina(Gina K Designs), Kim (Kim's Creations), Kenra(Inking it Up With Kendra)
    U - Unknown fact about me: I have 2 special needs daughters
    V - Vegetable you don't like: brussel sprouts...yuck!!
    W - Worst Habit: being too negitive
    X - X-rays: head, chest, abdominal, nose
    Y - Your Fav Food: Greek Chicken Souvlaki !!
    Z - Zodiac Sign: Gemini


    Thursday, January 18, 2007

    Neapolitan Ice Cream

    I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM! Do you remember that song? The other night I had a huge craving for ice cream, and I think it may have affected my creative process. I have had this set forever and I think this is the first time I have used it, it is really a fun set to work with. Neapolitan ice cream is not normally my favorite, I'm a Rocky Road kinda girl *wink*, but I do love the colors!

    Supplies used: Sweet treats and riveting stamp sets, Black and Chocolate Chip ink, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, VV and WW card stock, Ribbon, Circle punches, Prisma pencils, Gamasol, Blending Stumps, Iridescent Ice, Black Marker, and Ticket punch, Crystal Effects


    Tuesday, January 16, 2007

    Heartfelt Thanks

    It's been a while since I have used this set, it is such a versatile set, I love it with the bright colors and all the other colors too........lol! I call these ice cream colors they remind me of the ice cream you see in a ice cream parlor. I can't believe the amount of snow we have gotten this year and it is snowing again! I hope it clears by the end of the week as I would like to head off to Michaels to pick up a cuttlebug, Michael's is about an hour and a half from here so I hope it clears or it may have to be put off a little longer.

    Supplies used: Heartfelt Thanks and Expressive Flexible Phrases, green Galore, Pixie Pink, and VV card stock, Ribbon, Eyelet, paper Clip, and Hemp


    Friday, January 12, 2007

    A Dora Birthday Greeting!

    A friend of mines Granddaughter is turning one on Saturday and she just loves Dora The Explorer as does my daughter Megan. For Megan's Birthday I had made her Backpack, so I wanted to see if I could make Dora this time. I am quite happy with the way this turned out, I'm sure she will just love it!

    Supplies for Dora: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, and WW card stock, Chocolate Chip ink, Chocolate Chip Marker, PSX Stamp, Prima Flowers, and Brads.

    Supplies for Backpack: Lavender Lace, Black, Real Red, So Saffron, and WW card stock, White gel pen, and a Paper Piercer


    Wednesday, January 10, 2007

    My First Fluffles!

    This is the first time I have made a fluffles card, I had some fluffles images sent to from the wonderful members of the Wish RAK group on SCS, you ladies rock! Well I have got to tell you we have been rocked by another winter storm, big winds last night and woke up to a couple inches of new snow and they are saying we are supposed to drop to -15 by the end of the day. Guess it's a great day to stay in and stamp!

    ** I just wanted to let you know that I posted the template for the his and her valentines, it is availble in the post below.**

    Supplies used: Background Basics stamp set and Fluffles image, Bravo Burgundy, Certainly Celery, and WW card stock, CM printed paper, Certainly Celery and Basic Black ink, Oval punch, Scalloped oval punch, Prisma pencils, Blending stumps, Gamasol, Stardust clear pen, Ribbon


    Monday, January 08, 2007

    His and Hers Valentines

    I got the idea for this from Jeniowens4769 on SCS, I thought it would be nice if there was also a man to complete the female card. These were quite easy and fun to make, kind of like dressing up paper dolls.....lol. When i asked my daughter what they were she said "Mommy and Daddy", boy I wish, nice to know she doesn't see the extra pounds, *insert large grin here*. I thought these would be perfect to send to couples that we know well and share in our sense of humor, with the inside saying remember when........no just kidding.

    Supplies used: Filigree and Smitten stamps, Black and Real Red ink, White, real Red, Creamy caramel, and Close to Cocoa card stock, Ribbon, Brads, Hole Punch, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals

    Here is a template for you to use.

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    Saturday, January 06, 2007

    Pretty and Cool Latte

    I love this set, and have had so much fun working with it. I really like these colors mixed with the chocolate paper. I don't know about where you live but we have been having quite a few of winter storms come through, which is a good thing for me it makes me want to stay home and craft.

    Supplies used: Like it a Latte, Pretty in Pink, Cool Caribbean, Chocolate Chip and WW card stock,Pretty in Pink, Cool Caribbean, Chocolate Chip ink, Ribbon, Scalloped Oval Punch, Scalloped Scissors, Marker


    Thursday, January 04, 2007

    Cold Play Piggy Pyramid

    This pyramid of piggies is made from the cold play set, my hubby discovered that you could make piggies from some of the pieces. I am so in love with Gina K's piggy, and as soon as her paypal is up and running I will order it, but in the mean time this piggy is adorable too. I thought a piggy pyramid would be a cute idea and I love the way it all turned out. Well I guess i should get moving I have a long day ahead of me I have to drive Stephanie to the doctors in Kelowna which is about an hour in half away and our appointment is slotted to last four hours and then drive home again, whew already tired of thinking of it.

    Supplies used: Cold Play, Paisley and stampabilities stamps, Pretty in Pink, Black and WW card stock, Pretty in Pink and black ink, Prisma pencils, markers.


    Wednesday, January 03, 2007

    Today's Sketch Challenge

    Todays' sketch challenge was to use a semi circle and a separate image the semi circle reminded me of a pregnant belly so this is what I have come up. I think it is rather cute. Now i just have to wait for someone I know to become pregnant so I can give it to them.

    Supplies used: Think Big and Michael's $1 stamps, chocolate chip, regal rose and very vanilla card stock, chocolate chip and black ink, prisma pencils, blending stump, gamasol. dimensionals, circle template, hole punch, marker


    Tuesday's Color Challenge

    Tuesday's color challenge was Cool Caribbean, Black, and White. I have wanted to use set since I got it for Christmas, and thought she would look darling in a black dress. I really like these colors together and think I will be using them again sometime. I am really enjoying the challenges it actually prompts me to use materials or colors that i may not have thought of.

    On a another note my kiddies are staring to get cabin fever, thankfully the will be involved in sleepovers in the next few days, they really miss school, although they would never admit to it.

    Supplies used: Birthday Beauty, Itty Bitty BG's stamp sets, Cool caribbean, Black and White card stock, Black, Cool Caribbean and white stazon inks, Small and Large Oval Punches, ribbon, Black marker, Blender pen, rinestones


    Tuesday, January 02, 2007

    Happy New Year!!

    Happy New year to you all! And a big Happy Birthday to my sister Tanice she is a New Year's Baby and is 28 this year! So for her birthday we made her some cupcakes and this card. You see my sister lives way up in the Northwest Territories, so we can not be with her for her birthday so we have our own celebration here for her that way the girls are able to participate in their Aunties birthday. I couldn't think of a more perfect set to use for as she bought me set for Christmas, not to mention this set is absolutely gorgeous! I wish many blessings for you all in the new Year! I can't believe it is 2007 already where has the time gone?

    Supplies used: Bodacious Bouquet stamp set, Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss card stock, Window sheet, Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, White stazon inks, Chocolate Chip marker, Spring Moss ribbon, Dimensionals and brads


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